Kendal Town appoint new manager as chairman hails 'local dream team'

KENDAL Town have appointed a new management team ahead of tomorrow's home game against bottom club Eastwood Town.

The Parkside Road club held interviews yesterday for the vacant manager's job and announced their new set-up today.

Businessman Steve Edmondson, who lives in Windermere and latterly managed Ambleside United, takes over as boss of the Evostick Premier League side.

Edmondson has previously played for and managed Kendal Town and takes over as first team manager.

David Foster, who stepped into the frame as caretaker manager following the departure of Lee Ashcroft last month, has been handed the role of assistant first team manager.

Foster had told the Gazette this week he would take the top job permanently if offered it. He was formerly reserve team manager, lives and teaches in Kirkby Lonsdale, and until recently played for Kendal Town.

Neil Uberschar, who played for Lancaster City but lives and works in Windermere and is currently a coach with Ambleside United, has been appointed as First Team Coach - following Edmondson to Kendal.

The shake-up follows the sudden departure of long-standing manager Lee Ashcroft at the end of last month, who left to take over Northwich and took seven of the club's star players with him.

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The appointments appear to be driven by the club's new culture of a locally-run club featuring local players.

A Fans' Forum is due to take place at the Ivy Leaf Club on Kent Street next Thursday.

The club statement said the move was in "keeping in line with the club’s community-based aims," and that the top team now "all live and work in South Lakeland."

Haydon Munslow, Kendal Town Club Chairman said: “Our management committee is delighted that a local ‘dream team’ of Steve Edmondson, David Foster and Neil Uberschar will be working together to take the first team forward. They already have a number of experienced new players lined up to join our reconstructed South Lakeland based team who will train on Milnthorpe’s state of the art weatherproof 3G just outside of Kendal. We hope our fans will now get behind the lads, watch the training, attend the home matches cheering on the Mintcakes as we engage in this highly competitive league.”

An announcement on appointment of a new Reserve Team Manager will follow.

Kendal Town visit Gigg Lane on Tuesday night where they face FC United.

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